Ryan Giles Earns Dominate Victory on Dingus Lounge Qualifying Night

By BRYAN HULBERT

KNOXVILLE, IA – The My Place Hotels ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank got underway Thursday with Iowa’s Ryan Giles leading start to finish to win Dingus Lounge Qualifying Night.

Giles ninth career victory at the famed Knoxville Raceway, the win is his first SawBlade.com A-Feature win against the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network. Overall, Giles is the 12th Iowan and the 149th different winner with the National Tour.

“I have to give a big shout out to my wife. She’s six months pregnant with our baby girl, and she was in the hospital this morning. I felt like I abandoned her and had to work all day. She told me to go have fun, so…this one’s for her. I definitely have to thank Gary Isom. This is all his deal.”

Getting the jump on Rob Kubli on the start, Giles stuck his Midwest Basement Systems No. 9 to the hub of the Knoxville Raceway as Thomas Kennedy moved up one spot to pursue. Putting several car lengths on the No. 21k, the race through the top five saw Aaron Reutzel taking the fifth spot on Lap 7 with the caution following the next lap for Lee Grosz. As the caution flew, Dominic Scelzi shredded a right rear tire. Both drivers were able to continue.
Caution on the restart, Rob Kubli, and Aaron Reutzel came together racing for fifth through the fourth turn as Reutzel drove up and Kubli came down. Meeting in the middle, Kubli made hard contact with Aaron’s right rear; sending the No. 83 into the wall. Unharmed, the damage as too much to continue.




Caution again on the restart for Calvin Landis, the field finally went back to green with Giles easy on the throttle to pull away from the race for second with Wayne Johnson working to the runner-up spot. Falling to fourth on Lap 14, Aaron Reutzel worked to the show position. Into traffic with three laps to go, Reutzel fought to second with time running out for a shot at the lead, but just as Giles was cruising easily to victory, the caution flew in place of the checkered flag.

Into the green, white, checkered finish, Reutzel peeked wide on the No. 9, but would not take away Giles’ victory. Aaron Reutzel in second was trailed by Wayne Johnson to complete the podium. California’s Cory Eliason made up five positions to cross fourth with Thomas Kennedy slipping back to fifth.

Making up six spots, Justin Henderson was sixth. Racing into the top five at one-point, Dusty Zomer ended up seventh with Carson McCarl eighth. The night’s Hard Charger, after coming out of the B-Feature, Parker Price-Miller dug from 21st to ninth. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. made up the top ten.

A field of 42 drivers was on hand for Thursday’s Dingus Lounge Qualifying Night with five SCE Gaskets Heat Races going to Devon Dobie, Thomas Kennedy, Mason Daniel, Jack Dover, and Justin Henderson. The BMRS B-Feature was won by Parker Price-Miller.
The My Place Hotels ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank continues Friday with the Iowa Corn Growers Qualifying Night with 59 drivers set to hit the Knoxville Raceway clay. Hot Laps get underway at 6:45 P.M. with Qualifying at 7:15 P.M. (CT). More information and night’s roster can be found online at http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

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Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV
Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa)
29th ASCS Knoxville Nationals – Night 1
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Car Count: 42

Time Trials [Qualifying Order]: Single Car, 2 Laps each:
1. 5, Dusty Zomer, Brandon, SD [9], 16.267; 2. 4J, Lee Grosz, Harwood, ND [1], 16.336; 3. 70, Calvin Landis, Knoxville, IA [7], 16.338; 4. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX [23], 16.338; 5. 44S, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA [4], 16.449; 6. 71P, Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, IN [6], 16.541; 7. 87, Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX [28], 16.585; 8. 11X, Sammy Swindell, Lakeland, TN [36], 16.593; 9. 5J, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA [29], 16.601; 10. 2C, Wayne Johnson, Tuttle, OK [25], 16.685; 11. J2, John Carney II, El Paso, TX [21], 16.722; 12. 21K, Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg, MB, Can. [38], 16.725; 13. 83, Rob Kubli, Milo, IA [18], 16.729; 14. 9, Ryan Giles, Grimes, IA [41], 16.748; 15. 18, Ryan Roberts, Aurora, NE [14], 16.748; 16. 26, Cory Eliason, Visalia, CA [22], 16.779; 17. 27, Carson McCarl, Altoona, IA [26], 16.790; 18. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA [35], 16.800; 19. 1K, Kelby Watt, Adel, IA [5], 16.813; 20. 83H, Justin Henderson, Tea, SD [42], 16.814; 21. 23D, Devon Dobie, Wapakoneta, OH [20], 16.815; 22. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA [15], 16.859; 23. 33M, Mason Daniel, Springfield, CA [17], 16.875; 24. 1, Travis Rilat, Heath, TX [27], 16.886; 25. 35L, Cody Ledger, Omaha, NE [8], 16.909; 26. 41S, Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, CA [24], 16.913; 27. 94, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN [32], 16.913; 28. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK [33], 16.916; 29. 53D, Jack Dover, Springfield, NE [40], 16.965; 30. 76, Brad Comegys, Bondurant, IA [13], 16.971; 31. 66, Ricky Montgomery, Lakewood, CO [39], 16.989; 32. 45, Rusty Hickman, Tullamarine, VIC, Aust. [3], 17.037; 33. 53, Joe Beaver, Knoxville, IA [11], 17.058; 34. 81E, Eric Bridger, Winterset, IA [34], 17.062; 35. 3B, Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN [2], 17.076; 36. 22, Ryan Leavitt, Knoxville, IA [10], 17.080; 37. 1CB, Chelsea Blevins, Janesville, CA [19], 17.234; 38. 33, Alan Zoutte, Knoxville, IA [37], 17.379; 39. 64C, Casey Greubel, Lacona, IA [31], 17.409; 40. 2D, Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, SD [16], 17.443; 41. 37H, Nicholas Howard, Lawrence, KS [30], 17.513; 42. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD [12], 18.153

SCE Gaskets Heat Races (Top 4 to the A)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 23D-Devon Dobie, [2]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason, [3]; 3. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, [1]; 4. 5-Dusty Zomer, [6]; 5. J2-John Carney II, [4]; 6. 66-Ricky Montgomery, [7]; 7. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, [5]; 8. 37H-Nicholas Howard, [9]; 9. 22-Ryan Leavitt, [8]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, [4]; 2. 27-Carson McCarl, [3]; 3. 94-Jeff Swindell, [1]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel, [5]; 5. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, [2]; 6. 4J-Lee Grosz, [6]; 7. 45-Rusty Hickman, [7]; 8. 1CB-Chelsea Blevins, [8]; 9. 2K-Kevin Ingle, [9]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 33M-Mason Daniel, [2]; 2. 99-Brady Bacon, [1]; 3. 83-Rob Kubli, [4]; 4. 44-Chris Martin, [3]; 5. 70-Calvin Landis, [6]; 6. 11X-Sammy Swindell, [5]; 7. 33-Alan Zoutte, [7]; (DNS) 53-Joe Beaver,

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 53D-Jack Dover, [1]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [6]; 3. 9-Ryan Giles, [4]; 4. 1-Travis Rilat, [2]; 5. 5J-Jamie Ball, [5]; 6. 64C-Casey Greubel, [8]; 7. 81E-Eric Bridger, [7]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 83H-Justin Henderson, [3]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [5]; 3. 76-Brad Comegys, [1]; 4. 44S-Trey Starks, [6]; 5. 35L-Cody Ledger, [2]; 6. 18-Ryan Roberts, [4]; 7. 3B-Spencer Bayston, [7]; 8. 2D-Dusty Ballenger, [8]

BMRS B-Feature (Top 4 advance to the A-Feature)
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, [3]; 2. 4J-Lee Grosz, [1]; 3. 70-Calvin Landis, [2]; 4. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, [9]; 5. 3B-Spencer Bayston, [15]; 6. 1K-Kelby Watt, [8]; 7. 18-Ryan Roberts, [7]; 8. 35L-Cody Ledger, [10]; 9. J2-John Carney II, [6]; 10. 45-Rusty Hickman, [12]; 11. 66-Ricky Montgomery, [11]; 12. 81E-Eric Bridger, [14]; 13. 2D-Dusty Ballenger, [19]; 14. 11X-Sammy Swindell, [4]; 15. 33-Alan Zoutte, [17]; 16. 37H-Nicholas Howard, [20]; 17. 2K-Kevin Ingle, [22]; 18. (DNF) 64C-Casey Greubel, [18]; 19. (DNF) 1CB-Chelsea Blevins, [16]; 20. (DNF) 5J-Jamie Ball, [5]; 21. (DNF) 53-Joe Beaver, [13]; 22. (DNF) 22-Ryan Leavitt, [21]

Sawblade.com A-Feature
A Feature (20 Laps): 1. 9-Ryan Giles, [1]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel, [5]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [4]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason, [9]; 5. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, [3]; 6. 83H-Justin Henderson, [12]; 7. 5-Dusty Zomer, [8]; 8. 27-Carson McCarl, [10]; 9. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, [21]; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [7]; 11. 94-Jeff Swindell, [17]; 12. 99-Brady Bacon, [18]; 13. 33M-Mason Daniel, [14]; 14. 1-Travis Rilat, [15]; 15. 44-Chris Martin, [11]; 16. 53D-Jack Dover, [19]; 17. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, [24]; 18. 4J-Lee Grosz, [22]; 19. 23D-Devon Dobie, [13]; 20. 76-Brad Comegys, [20]; 21. 70-Calvin Landis, [23]; 22. (DNF) 44S-Trey Starks, [6]; 23. (DNF) 41S-Dominic Scelzi, [16]; 24. (DNF) 83-Rob Kubli, [2]

Lap Leader(s): Ryan Giles 1-20
Hard Charger: Parker Price-Miller +12
High Point Driver: N/A
Provisional(s): N/A

Event Points as of August 1, 2019
1. 5-Dusty Zomer-479
2. 87-Aaron Reutzel-477
3. 2C-Wayne Johnson-475
4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.-473
5. 21K-Thomas Kennedy-470
6. 9-Ryan Giles-468
7. 26-Cory Eliason-461
8. 71P-Parker Price-Miller-456
9. 83H-Justin Henderson-452
10. 27-Carson McCarl-451
11. 4J-Lee Grosz-449
12. 70-Calvin Landis-444
13. 44S-Trey Starks-441
14. 33M-Mason Daniel-432
15. 44-Chris Martin-429
16. 23D-Devon Dobie-424
17. 83-Rob Kubli-424
18. 94-Jeff Swindell-422
19. 99-Brady Bacon-421
20. 1-Travis Rilat-419
21. 53D-Jack Dover-414
22. 3P-Sawyer Phillips-414
23. J2-John Carney II-402
24. 41S-Dominic Scelzi-400
25. 76-Brad Comegys-398
26. 18-Ryan Roberts-395
27. 11X-Sammy Swindell-395
28. 1K-Kelby Watt-389
29. 5J-Jamie Ball-384
30. 35L-Cody Ledger-376
31. 3B-Spencer Bayston-356
32. 66-Ricky Montgomery-355
33. 45-Rusty Hickman-352
34. 81E-Eric Bridger-341
35. 33-Alan Zoutte-330
36. 2D-Dusty Ballenger-327
37. 53-Joe Beaver-325
38. 64C-Casey Greubel-322
39. 1CB-Chelsea Blevins-321
40. 37H-Nicholas Howard-319
41. 22-Ryan Leavitt-314
42. 2K-Kevin Ingle-312
2019 National Tour Driver Standings (Top 15): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 2,710; 2. Blake Hahn 2,619; 3. Matt Covington 2,575; 4. Scott Bogucki 2,558; 5. John Carney II 2,551; 6. Roger Crockett 2,457; 7. Robbie Price 2,301; 8. Harli White 2,274; 9. Jordon Mallett 2,192; 10. Alex Hill 2,027; 11. Tucker Doughty 2,011 12. Jamie Ball 1,063; 13. Seth Bergman 826; 14. Travis Reber 699; 15. Jason Solwold 633; Points will be updated following Knoxville
2019 Race Winners: Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 7 (5/17 – I-96 Speedway; 5/18 – I-96 Speedway; 5/25 – Lake Ozark Speedway; 6/5 – Lawton Speedway; 6/8 – Salina Speedway; 7/12 – Gallatin Speedway; 7/19 – Big Sky Speedway); Blake Hahn – 2 (6/20 – Skagit Speedway; 7/20 – Big Sky Speedway); Scott Bogucki – 2 (6/14 – Brown County Speedway; 6/15 – Black Hills Speedway); Thomas Kennedy – 2 (4/25 – Eagle Raceway, 4/26 – U.S. 36 Raceway); John Carney II – 1 (5/26 – Lake Ozark Speedway); Travis Rilat – 1 (6/4 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway); Roger Crockett – 1 (6/21 – Skagit Speedway); Robbie Price – 1 (6/22 – Skagit Speedway); Devon Borden – 1 (6/28 – Grays Harbor Raceway); Matt Covington – 1 (6/29 – Grays Harbor Raceway); Ryan Giles – 1 (8/1 – Knoxville Raceway);
Weather-Related Cancellations – 9: Devil’s Bowl Speedway (3/15 and 3/16); Williams Grove Speedway (5/3); Selinsgrove Speedway (5/4); Lakeside Speedway (5/9); I-30 Speedway (5/11); Route 66 Motor Speedway (6/1); Creek County Speedway (6/6); Gallatin Speedway (7/13)